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  1. tbm

    Trying to conceive

    I am on Day Two of my Whole 30 today. I've never done a complete Whole 30, but I have done it for two weeks at a time here and there and definitely liked how I felt. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about six months and I thought this might be a good way to clean out my system. I looked at past topics and didn't see any recent topics about fertility. Just checking in here to see if anyone else is doing Whole 30 while trying to conceive or if anyone has had recent luck from doing it. Could use some encouragement! I did one round of letrozole last cycle and will start my second round next week. So far, the Whole 30 has been OK, but I have been super hungry today. Looking back at some other posts leads me to believe I'm not eating enough. Meal 1: two soft boiled eggs, handful of wilted spinach, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee, black tea Meal 2: two compliant chicken sausage links, with one onion and 1/2 bell pepper sauteed in coconut oil. STARVING this afternoon and had several pieces of fruit leather which I know is not good, but it's all I had here at my office. I guess I need to be more prepared for the office.
  2. Hi! I have been wanting to take the Whole30 Challenge for years and have always found an excuse not to...... Now I am 19 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I’m constantly craving sugar and gross processed foods.... even fast food! I am generally a healthy eater, but I can just tell that something is out of whack with my body that is unrelated to pregnancy. I feel sluggish and unmotivated. And I’m ready to make a change. I want to be the best person I can be for myself and my family. And I want to take care of my body and nourish my soul. Looking forward to beginning on February 12th!
  3. Hi all! I’m on day 6 of my Whole30. This is my first pregnancy, so 1st whole30 pregnant! I feel great after eating pretty much crap during first trimester. My question is: is it recommended to snack? I’ve been getting hungry around 3pm so I’ll have a can of smoked oysters, an epic bar, or an apple with almond butter. HMHB handouts show sample days with a snack but i know it’s recommended to stay away from normally. I just want to make sure my hunger is really hunger and not my sugar dragon. Any advice or tips? I know it’s different growing a human and if I’m hungry, i should just eat. Not trying to over analyze just want to make sure I’m doing it right! Anyone continue a whole30 throughout the rest of pregnancy? I’d like to attempt. We found out we are having a little boy!!!
  4. We are not doctors, and we will always defer to your pediatrician's recommendations. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you know how important Mom's nutrition is to the baby's health and development, and we believe the diet that's healthiest for you is also going to be the healthiest for your baby. The more nutrition Mom receives from her diet, the more she is able to pass along to the little one – and there is no diet more nutritious than one that focuses on healthy protein and fat, vegetables, and fruits. Michele Blackwell, an OB/GYN in Houston, TX, agrees, saying: I have personally experienced the benefits of the Whole30 program, and I wholeheartedly recommend the Whole30 plan to my patients to optimize a woman's health during pregnancy and lactation. The nutrient-dense foods recommended provide ample vitamins and minerals without the need for the standard prenatal supplement. Eating real food Whole9-style will also help regulate blood sugars, alleviating hypoglycemic spells common in pregnancy. In addition, the Whole30 will reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes, excess pregnancy weight gain, and possibly macrosomia (large babies) and polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid). -Michele Blackwell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology We've had many pregnant women and new moms attest to the benefits of the Whole30 for both the mother's health, and the child's. Most (if not all) have reported that milk supply actually improved during their program, and their babies were less fussy, slept better through the night and experienced less digestive issues and rashes.
  5. Christina McMahon

    Positive pregnancy test!!

    My husband and I have the ultimate whole 30 success story! The MAIN reason we even tried the whole 30 is because a friend of my younger sister's had been struggling with infertility for years and got pregnant immediately while she was on the whole 30 with no other fertility interventions. I'm 41, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since last fall. In the past 8 months, I've been seeing an herbalist and acupuncturist, and cleaning up my diet in general (no dairy, no gluten, very little sugar). So my diet and health were already pretty sound. Then last month we did the whole 30, and two days ago we got a positive pregnancy test!! I'm THRILLED! At first, it kind of seemed like a shot in the dark, but my friend's success story inspired me to at least give it a try. Bingo!!! Not sure how exactly the Whole 30 provides such a fertility boost...I'd love to know more. I know it greatly reduces inflammation, but I think it is a hormone reset too? Anyway, we are so grateful!
  6. One of the reasons I started Whole30 was to boost my fertility. We had a mc this summer and I was ecstatic to get a positive test last week! However, I now feel awful. I blame this on pregnancy and not Whole30, but I am struggling. All of the food I prepped this week looks and smells terrible to me. I have no interest in meat, spices or anything with a sauce. I work full time and I have a toddler at home and a husband away on business so I don't have time (or honestly the energy) to cook something new tonight. I could barely stomach the chicken I packed for lunch. I'm drinking tons of water and trying to keep down almonds, carrots, and a banana but all I want is a cracker. Has anyone gone through this? Are there any easy options I could turn to? Thank you!
  7. History first. I've done 2 whole 30's previously and have eaten mostly paleo for 4-5 years now. I'll never go back. Although it runs in my family, I've only struggled with eczema ever since having PUPPS with our daughter during pregnancy. It's a horrible itchy rash. I was able to help it with some liver-supporting supplements and other things. Then I developed a really bad eczema patch on both inner thighs about 6-7 months pp. Open skin, horrific itching, etc. That finally cleared up with some stress/lifestyle modifications and more/different supplements to support my thyroid and liver. A year or so later in the clear (for eczema, as long as I apply frankincense and other oils daily and eat gluten/dairy free), I wanted to do another W30 to start off my next expected pregnancy on the right foot. Two days after I ovulated, (and yes, got pregnant, eee!) a small patch of eczema showed up on my neck. The next 10 days it got worse and worse to where it was an open, oozing wound, seeming infected. I managed to get it under control a little and pinpointed that almonds/almond butter and bacon brings out the red, puffy, itchiness. Anyway, I'm almost done with the January whole 30. 2 weeks pregnant. My question is this, given my history, should I try to keep going until it clears? I'm really struggling this time around with giving up my swypo and missing out on many social situations because of needing to bring food, etc. I'm also worried that it won't clear.. and I won't be able to keep going as I head into nausea/morning sickness/food aversions in the next couple weeks. So I could keep going, but my attitude towards the program is poor right now because despite several NSV, it has made my eczema flare up horribly this and last time I did the W30. Pics are the first time I noticed it (day 15/16), 2 days later, and then about a week later. It has calmed since then a little. Thoughts please!
  8. Hey everyone, I really need some ideas on snacks. I'm 15 weeks pregnant and my doctor wants me to follow a Whole30ish eating plan for the remainder of my pregnancy due to the fact that eating this way is the only thing that keeps my histamine reactions at bay. I am currently struggling with getting enough calories and I know I need to eat between meals (I'm basically a zombie by 2pm). But my issue is that I'm at work all day and need to pack something both portable and easy to eat (I don't have a lot of time for eating when it's not lunch because I'm a mental health therapist and am seeing back to back clients all day.) But unfortunately I have some limitations. 1. I'm allergic to all nuts 2. I can't just eat fruit or veggies because they cause me morning sickness if I eat them alone, I need to pair protein with any carb I'm eating. Does anyone have any good ideas? Oh and also I hate hard boiled eggs.
  9. My doctor is recommending that I cook all of my beef to well done due to the risk of toxoplasmosis. Most information I find online says to avoid "undercooked or raw meat." I asked my doctor point blank if "undercooked" means medium cooked beef (pink in the middle, ~150 degree temp), and she responded that it's best to cook the meat until there is no blood and the juices are clear (i.e. well done). The idea of purchasing grass-fed beef and then cooking it well done is horrifying to me. Apart from the fact that well done steak tastes terrible, it's a complete waste of money to invest in good quality beef and then overcook it. What are others in this forum doing to deal with this? Is eating medium cooked beef (pink in the middle, ~150 degree temp) still dangerous even when it's grass-fed? Are you all burning your expensive grass-fed beef and choking it down for the sake of your baby?
  10. I can't share it with anyone else yet, but I'm 4.5 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. I got a faint positive with the EPT test, and then retested the next morning with a Clear Blue test that says "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant"...and it said "Pregnant"! Wahoo! I am already paleo- I don't eat grains, legumes, or vegetable oil/canola oil. I don't eat cheese, milk, or other dairy, but if there is a small amount in something I am not concerned. For instance, 85% dark chocolate. But on the whole 30 I am willing to give that up. I eat eggs & sweet potato for breakfast, homemade vegetable soup with added ground beef for lunch (a new batch with different veggies every couple weeks), and dinner is always based around chicken, turkey, or beef. Like meatballs, nuggets, etc with dip. I make kale chips or carrot fries to have on the side, or some other roasted veggies based on whats left over in the fridge. Then I love to have a green smoothie and a piece of fruit as a treat. I'm looking for tips for good times to start the whole 30 during pregnancy. Also I'm looking for advice on if there are whole 30 "cheats" for pregnant women besides getting to snack when hungry. I'm already taking Pure Encapsulations muti-vitamin with Vit. K. But I'm planning to order fermented cod liver oil, so I hope that arrives soon. Thanks! Amy
  11. My husband and I have been trying for 2 years now (even gave IVF a shot), so I'm hoping the Whole 30 can help! Has anyone had success? If so, please share your story! It would be inspiring and motivational. Thanks!
  12. Hi everyone! I am 23 weeks pregnant (almost 6 months) and am starting my whole30 journey today! My husband is joining me for support but I was wondering if there were any other pregnant mamas out there who wanted to buddy up? I'm going to need all the support I can get to combat these crazy pregnancy hormones and cravings!
  13. After more than a year of trying, my hubby and I found out we are expecting on Day 15 of my Whole30! I literally got pregnant on the first day or two of my Whole30! I'm now on day 19 and I'm feeling so good about the healthy choices I've been making since starting my Whole30, and feel that my body could not be more ready for all the work it's doing. I just want to be sure that I'm doing what's best for my little one. Has anyone else had a similar experience, and completed a Whole30 during the first trimester? Obviously, the raw eggs and prosciutto are out (good-bye Whole30 mayo, I miss you already), but are there any other changes I should be making to my Whole30? For instance, should I be upping my healthy fats and cutting back on a protein focused plate? Only 11 days to go and I'm determined to finish with and keep this little sprout growing strong! Thanks everyone!!
  14. Hi, everyone! I recently found out I'm pregnant, and I feel like now is a good time to jump into another Whole30! I'm only five weeks pregnant, and I realize that the pregnancy is still new and vulnerable. However, I feel the sooner I adopt healthy eating habits, the better! In general, my husband and I eat healthier than the average person, but we've really struggled with transitioning to a Paleo / Whole30 lifestyle. My husband and I have successfully completed two Whole30s, but we haven't truly adopted this way of eating for a lifetime, although we want to! I feel my best when I follow the Whole30 plan, along with an exercise regimen, and yet I can't seem to stick to what works. I fall back into the trend of eating junk, feeling tired, then skipping workouts and eating more junk because I'm tired. I'm really just looking to share motivation and encouragement! I know I can complete a Whole30 because I've done it before, but I really want to maintain this lifestyle afterward! I am excited about following the Whole30 / Paleo while pregnant, in order to keep my growing baby and myself as healthy as possible. I look forward to hearing from you! Erin
  15. Hi Ladies, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation to what I'm facing now. I have an 8 month old daughter and am having trouble recovering from pregnancy and her birth and thought Whole30 might help. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30, physically I feel really good and I can definitely feel that things are improving so I'm really determined to keep with the plan but mentally I'm falling apart. For the last two days I've been feeling very sad, crying a lot for no real reason and just feel like it's such an effort to get through the day. I didn't feel this way before beginning Whole30. I wondered whether anyone had any advice as to what I could do to help with this? I think it might be low blood sugar related but no matter what I eat I can't seem to shake it. I feel a little better after a meal but that doesn't last long. Thanks in advance for anyone who is able to help out.
  16. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with PUPPP, basically an itchy, red rash all over my stomach. In the last week it has spread to my arms as well. I'm beside myself with itchiness and I really don't want to take steroids to manage it if I can avoid them. I read on another forum that some women have had success managing their symptoms with an elimination diet, very similar to a Whole30. Has anyone here had any experience with PUPPP and a reduction in symptoms while Whole30'ing?
  17. I wanted to share this post because I looked everywhere for news just like this: I am currently on day 23 of my very first Whole 30, and just received a positive pregnancy test yesterday! It's still very early ( only 3 weeks) but I know that the Whole 30 had to have something to do with our success. We've been trying for about 7 months and my W30 month I ovulated almost a 3 days earlier and noticed some favorable symptoms. Admittedly I began W30 with the goal of pushing the reset button on my eating habits but for sure in the back of my mind I hoped it would help with our conception efforts. In fact my sister in law who is an OB/GYN was concerned that this eating change could be a detriment to our efforts and affect them negatively! But I trusted my gut and did it anyway. So glad I did! Maybe coincidence, but I think not. Best wishes in all of our endeavors!
  18. Question On using the carb curve while pregnant. I am newly pregnant, and about 20-30lbs overweight. I am following an overall lifting program along with 4 days of yoga. If I look at the carb curve I fall into the not necessary level, but I am wondering if that is different now that I am pregnant. I am so "afraid" of starchy carbs because I really don't want to gain a ton of weight, but don't want to burn out either. I would love any thoughts- thanks!!!!
  19. I really want to finish my Whole30 by the book but I'm not sure if there is anything I should modify being pregnant. Non-Whole30 advice I'm getting that seems to conflict with the plan is to eat small meals ever 2-3 hours. Also, I haven't been taking prenatal vitamins since I'm eating so many vegetables and wasn't sure if the ones I have are compliant but now I'm wondering if I should take them. I don't have a doctor to ask yet cause I still need to pick one. So I guess my first of many questions is why is the plan 3 large meals with no snacking versus more small meals? What benefit do I lose if I have small meals every couple of hours? So far I'm just really tired and my stomach gets a bit uneasy, not even full on nausea which I'm wondering if the first 9 days have helped me to avoid a much worse fate than I am with that. Any suggestions for me?
  20. Under the prenatal vitamins section in ISWF is mentions folic acid and iron are potentially harmful nutrients. Whilst I have read a lot regarding folic acid vs folate I am struggling to get to the bottom of the issue with iron. If anyone can shed some light for me or point me in the direction of some relevant resources it would be great! Many thanks.
  21. So.. this is my 3rd Whole 30 and I wasn't going to blog through it.. until to my surprise on day 4, I had a 'positive' home pregnancy test! I'm 34 & this will be our first baby. This is very exciting because only last week my doctor was telling me based on my test results (last July) it would be very difficult for me to conceive naturally. And we had put it all off for a while (life got in the way) and this is the first month we were actively trying to get pregnant and BAM!! Of course now I'm scared shitless it's going to 'go away' but I'm feeling pretty good about it all at the moment. I decided to blog because I'm going to need the extra support since I already cop a whole string of criticisms from friends and family about my 'diet choices' ugh. And when people find out I'm pregnant I'm sure they're going to have a whole lot of 'opinions'! One great things is everyone knows my husband and I are on our 3rd W30, so at least I don't have to make any excuses for why I'm not drinking at social gatherings Sorry for the long post but i'll catch you up on my food diary thus far..I'll keep them short from now on... The only goal that has changed since we found out is weightloss, obviously we can strike this off the list! Whole 30 3.0 Goals for the 3rd time around. Defeat the Sugar Dragon who came back with vengeance! We've been very naughty for a month now.. still eating paleo but reaching for the chocolate late at night!! Sleep – 8 hours! Drink Water! My worst health habit.. I'm a camel I just don't get thirsty and I'm always dehydrated. Lose 3 kgs (just the little extra I've put on in only a month!) Starting weight 62kg Day 1. (Tuesday) Bad start! Totally unorganised. Grab & Go, eat on the run L Had a tantrum at work when I realised my salmon in springwater I had stashed in my drawer contains SUGAR! WTF M1 –1 Boiled Egg, Guacamole, Mayo, 3 Carrots, Black Coffee, 2 x Pear (TINY!!) M2- Salad (4 mix leaves & beetroot, brocoli, carrot), Mayo, Grilled chicken breast, Olives, ½ avocado, Grapes M3 – Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Exercise: HIIT Class (55 mins) Other: Nuts, Fish Oil, Rooibos Tea Notes: Feeling good today.. certainly felt the after dinner twang.. I want ‘something' Day 2. (Wednesday) Much more organised today! Cooked ahead last night. Food dreams already!! In my dream I absent mindedly ate a handful of popcorn! M1 –Silverbeet sautéed with garlic, salt & olive oil. 2 eggs scrambled with water & coconut oil. It looked ugly but was delicious! Grapes & Black Coffee M2 - Salad (4 mix leaves & beetroot, broccoli, carrot), Mayo, Grilled chicken breast, Olives, ½ avocado M3 – Paleo Bolognaise with cherry tomatoes on a bed of carrot & zucchini ‘noodles' Exercise: Body Pump (60 mins), felt good plenty of energy Other: Nuts, Nashi Pear, Green Tea, Black Coffee Notes: Very excited I got to use my new vegetable spiral slicer I got for my birthday last week but I was a bit cranky tonight! Day 3. (Thursday) Definitely my kill all things day. Woke up murderous! My past experience is day 3 is the worst and from the binging I did last week, it's going to hurt. The good news is the hard part goes just as quickly. I will avoid confrontation today!! My poor husband got snapped at in the kitchen this morning for stepping in my way. M1 – Paleo Bolognaise, Nashi Pear, Black Coffee M2 - Salad (4 mix leaves & beetroot, broccoli, carrot), Mayo, Grilled chicken breast, Olives, ½ avocado M3 – T-Bone Steak, Bok Choy & Sweet Potato, small amount of grapes. Exercise: Decided not to go to yoga tonight, it's a late class and my energy is low so early night for me! Other: Fish Oil, Nuts, 4 Strawberries Notes: Apart from the horror morning.. I was ok by the afternoon. Things to remember: Grapes upset my belly!! Why do I continue to eat them! Cause they are yummy, in season, cheap & delicious! Still.. I need to limit these. Day 4. (Friday) Woke up feeling a little nauseas and had a feeling…. I knew I had one PG test in the bathroom so I decided to pee on a stick! HELLO!!! TWO PINK LINES!!!! M1 – 1 egg, 1/2 banana, a small handful of grapes & mac nuts, Black coffee M2 – HUGE Salad!! (4 mix leaves & beetroot, brocoli, carrot) Can of Salmon in Springwater, mayo, guac, mushroom, tomato & artichokes. OMG.. best salad ever! S – Mixed nuts, Nashi Pear, Chicken Breast M3 – Fajitas! Chicken & Steak, cumin, garlic & coriander cooked in olive oil with capsicums & onions & wrapped in lettuce leaves. Big dinner made for friends & kids after crossfit training together.. It's a Friday night tradition J Others – Started on Elevit (Pregnancy Supplement - not sure if it's compliant but decided that's not the most important thing anymore!) Exercise: CrossFit ( I pulled my trainer aside before our session and discussed ‘the situation' with him. He was great and I'm feeling good about training) Great session! He's already helping me put my weights away.. hahahah I wonder when others will notice he's doing it Notes: Dinner was with CF friends after our session. My head is spinning today! So much to think about, very excited and thinking about all the things I may need to change....? I think I'm about 5 weeks along so no morning sickness yet, I'm wondering when that's going to ruin my life! lol
  22. Hey! My first pregnancy I gained 75 pounds, and I swore this pregnancy would be different. But I have had horrible morning sickness, and my eating has been way off the charts. Im headed down that 75 pound path already, and thats why I'm making changes now. Any mommys out there wanna start with me on march 4th?
  23. Hi everyone - Today is day 37 of my Whole45. Whole30 was a giant success. Lost 15.4 pounds, 3 inches off waist. Couldn't be more ecstatic. I've always been pretty regular with the bathroom before the Whole30, but I can count the number of times I've had to "do the doo" since starting, and it's not a high number. Maybe once a week. I haven't felt bloated or constipated, though I suppose that is technically what I am. I tried taking magnesium a couple of times and that helped for that day, but that's all. I was hoping it would encourage my body into a more regular cycle. I've seen people post about drinking senna tea to help with this, but I am currently trying to get pregnant and don't know if that would be all right under those circumstances. Anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate your help. Thanks!
  24. Any recommendations for what to eat the few days and morning leading up to a glucose test for gestational diabetes? It's not a fasting test so wondering if some of the foods I eat beforehand will help with my glucose levels?